TX students denied Christmas card delivery to Veterans for writing 'Merry Christmas'

TX students denied Christmas card delivery to Veterans for writing 'Merry Christmas'

POSTED: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 11:37am

UPDATED: Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 4:22pm

Parents and students from a Dallas area school are upset Christmas cards they made for local veterans were denied delivery by the VA due to the message printed on the cards.

According to FOX4 in Dallas, a math teacher came up with the idea to send "Thank you" cards to vets during the holidays to show appreciation for their service. The teacher, Susan Chapman, is the wife of a veteran and also volunteers with the American Legion, among other veterans' groups.

Inside the cards are the words, "Merry Christmas, thank you for your service," with an American flag. FOXDFW reports around 52 students at Grace Academy in Prosper spent all day making cards they were planning on hand delivering to veterans at the VA hospital in Dallas.

When the teacher called the VA to fill them in on what her class was doing, the VA reportedly told her, they were happy to have the cards, expect they cannot have the words "Merry Christmas," "God Bless You," or any reference to biblical scripture because of all the "red tape."

FOX4 spoke with an official from the VA office who gave the following statement on behalf of the organization:

"In order to be respectful of our Veterans religious beliefs, all donated holiday cards are reviewed by a multi-disciplinary team of staff led by Chaplaincy services and determined if they are appropriate (non-religious) to freely distribute to patients. After the review is complete, the holiday cards that reference religious and/or secular tones are then distributed by Chaplaincy Service on a one-on-one basis if the patient agrees to the religious reference in the holiday card donation. The holiday cards that do not contain religious and/or secular tones are distributed freely to patients across the Health Care System. We regret this process was not fully explained to this group and apologize for any misunderstanding." 

FOX4 reports the cards will not be thrown away, but be shipped to an Army medical center in San Antonio and a private veterans facility in Louisiana.


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Well it's funny they would have hat policy and then turn around and send me an email this morning wishing me a "Merry Christmas".

Does anyone read any more? Look at the full VA statement at the bottom of the article. They are not rejecting any Christmas cards. They are only vetting those that are religious in nature and providing on a one by one basis to persons of the appropriate faith. This is fair to all service members. This story is just another made up controversy to get you riled up at how the country is going to pots. If the VA has a chaplain service, that pretty much guarantees that they respect religion.

I really don't think any vet would not be pleased to get a card from a child thanking them for their sacrifice whether it had Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah written on it as they would know that it was sent by a child with the very best intentions. Like Rip said if anyone doesn't like Christmas then they should not receive holiday pay either. This is America and we celebrate our Lord and Savior, don't like it leave, this is our country and our tradition.

rip said it best and I agree.

Political correctness is approaching absurd. No one is entitled not to be offended. That is not a right, or a privilege. And if you are never offended you run to much of this world. Christmas is Christmas, Hanukah is Hanukah, Easter is Easter and all of the Holy Days are Holy Days to someone, somewhere. If I tell someone Merry Christmas even though I am a non Christian it mean I can about this person and on this day I am happy for them. If you stop me from doing that you are wrong.

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!?!?!?! I am a retired veteran and would dearly love to receive a card made from a child both wishing me a Merry Christmas and to Thank me for my service. I am totally blown away by the VAs attitude on this. When has America as a society gotten so cynical that everything has to be "politically correct"?

The VA has a procedure they follow- any gentile wanting a card can have one- Read the article. It was a local VA that got it wrong, VA HQ says the cards will get to willing recipients.

It is Christmas. You say Merry Christmas for Christmas. Christmas is a federally recognized day in which people get off with pay. So if it is offensive to some then the pay should be withheld as not to offend.

Not all veterans are Christian and to boot, not all Christians celebrate the commercial holidays- many worship quietly and eschew cards and gifts. The teacher and parents should realize this. I see that the VA chaplaincy have a procedure in place to handle this, and that's good.

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